Male cheerleaders will high kick and twirl alongside female cheerleaders for the first time in NFL history this season. But don’t expect a repeat of the Prancing Elites, a non-conforming dance troupe from Alabama who starred in a reality series on the Oxygen Network in 2015.
Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies will be the NFL’s first male cheerleaders to cheer alongside female cheerleaders when the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints take the field, according to published reports.
“Still can’t belive [sic] I’m one of the first males in history to be a pro NFL cheerleader! Everyone’s support and love has been insane! .. thank you and GO RAMS!”
Peron and Jinnies were hired after they auditioned for the Rams earlier this year.
There teams have had men as part of their dance squad, but this is the first time in history that men will dance alongside women on the field.
“The process has been great, everyone has been really nice to me, and I can’t wait to see where this goes,” said Jesse Hernandez, 25, who will cheer alongside the women for the Saints this season. Hernandez says his mother told him it was “my time to shine.”